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Thread: USMC KA-BAR Fighting Knife ~ Sharpening?

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    USMC KA-BAR Fighting Knife ~ Sharpening?

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    I contain a USMC KA-BAR carbon steel fighting knife, which was fabricated in OLEAN, N.Y. Which was used by my grandfather in WWII when he was in the marines. This knife later on was passed on to my father when he too decided to join the army and then finally unto me. Needless to say the razor sharp edge and tip has worn and dulled over the many years. While at the same time the coloring in both the cowhide sheath, and the knife has dulled.

    Now I seek to refurnish it and sharpen this beautiful blade. Unfortunetly I don't contain neither the tools or know how to do so myself. So what I'm asking is, if by chance, anyone with in the Langley/Vancouver vicinity of BC Canada knows of an area/shop/person that can be trusted to bring my KA-BAR back to life. Perhaps even be willing to teach me the proper techniques so I can later on keep the blade in tip-top shape?

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    Join Date
    May 2003
    S.F. Bay Area
    One of the better sharpeners is the Edge Pro.

    If you darken the edge with a black felt tip marker you will be able to see exactly there the stone is touching. There are directions with the Edge Pro. Just take your time and you should come out with a very nice, new edge.

    The Edge Pro is also great for sharpening kitchen knives.

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    Oct 1998
    The 7 Seas
    Let’s see if we can find the right forum …

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    Thanks for the suggestion Rich, but as said I don't really trust my self (yet) to do that. ^^;; Must be my girly way XP

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    If you don't find someone locally that you trust, there are several people in these forums to whom you could send your knife. One of the most highly respected is:

    Dave Martell
    D & R Sharpening Solutions

    Dave also has a How-To video for those wanting to learn how to sharpen knives.

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    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Strasburg, OH
    Re-finishing the blade shouldn't be a problem for you, and sharpening shouldn't pose that big a challenge either. You can sharpen it yourself without to much trouble on a bench stone. A bench stone can be as cheap or expensive as you want it to be, but for what you are doing, a cheap one will do just fine. There are alot of people here who will gladly walk you through the steps to sharpen it yourself, either through E-mail, or over the phone. You will also have the satisfaction of having revitalized a piece of your family history with your own two hands. If you decide to do it yourself, or if you have any questions, feel free to E-mail me at

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    i use a a fine dmt,lansky kit, smiths $6.00 pocket diomand stone,and a edge pro all of those should work fine my ka-bar do not reaspond well to cermaic rods so try stay away from them

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    Call Kabar and send it to them. They will probably do it for free plus a few bucks for shipping.

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